Friday, November 5, 2021

An O-Pee-Chee purchase with my Canadian friend!

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to meet up with Angus of the blog Dawg Day Cards. He was in town and reached out to see if we could get together before he went back home.

He had a 1971 Topps Pirates team card for me for the set I was working on and I had a few 1991 football factory sets I had set aside for him, so in addition to hanging out at the card shop, we got to swap some cards. I should also mention that Angus added a drone for me and my boys because Angus is awesome and super thoughtful.

Here is the 1971 Topps Pirates team card Angus had for me. He assured me that he didn't pay $0.25 for the card. I'm sure he didn't. This card is in fantastic shape and is a huge upgrade for my set! Thank you so much Angus!


Here is the card it replaces. 


It looks fantastic in the sheet, right under the great Willie Mays. At some point, I'd like to upgrade the Mays.


We spent about an hour at the shop looking in showcases and boxes. Angus found some great cards, and some not so great cards (let's be honest, he collects Browns cards) for his collection and he added a few cards to his pile for other bloggers. 

I found a couple cards to add to my collection. I thought it was appropriate that I add this O-Pee-Chee Don Mattingly rookie card to my collection while I was at a card shop with Angus, who is from Canada.

I have the 1984 Topps Mattingly rookie card already, but I have been kicking myself for a while for not picking up the O-Pee-Chee and Nestle versions when I had the chance a couple years ago. Now I just need to keep an eye out for the Nestle version.



The other card I grabbed was this 1953 Topps card of Willie Miranda. It's in rough shape, but I love it!


It's from the tough 4th series and it just a few cards away from being the final card in the set. Not only that, but it's one of 3 cards in the 1953 set where the artist added a Topps Gum advertisement in the background. I already have the Clem Labine. With the addition of the Willie Miranda I just need to add the Sid Hudson card to my collection.


Really enjoyed visiting with you Angus and browsing and talking cards. Wish you all the best and if you do end up coming back to Arizona, let me know.

15 comments:

  1. Never knew about the Topps ads on the '53 backs. That background is really nice. I was curious and ended up finding this article, which gave more information about the paintings (buried in WAY too much about alignment of cards on printing sheets) https://www.oldbaseball.com/refs/1953_Topps.pdf

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    1. That was quite the article. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Angus IS awesome and super thoughtful! As you know he called me from that same shop wondering if I had certain cards.

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    1. Although I did buy you a card at this store, I actually called you from a different store two days earlier...

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  3. It was great seeing you as well! And I understand what you say about some Browns cards being no so great...it was fun when the shop worker was pricing cards and almost wondering why he was doing so when they so lowly priced because they were of players that couldn't make it with the Browns.

    Got some great cards, and will hopefully get back there some time and see you again.

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    1. Even so, I was still shocked when out of the stack of 15 - 20 cards in that one box, that there were 3 Browns cards!

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  4. That Pirates card is clean. Great stuff. I'm especially fond of the Mattingly. Around ten years ago... I went on a mission to grab the key 80's OPC rookie cards. I even went as far as busting a box of 1984 OPC baseball in search of Mattingly (and Strawberry). I totally missed the bus on that Nestle's card though. Kept putting it off and now they're too expensive for my budget.

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    1. Yeah, I am kicking myself now. I don't remember the specifics, but I'm pretty sure I could have gotten it for about $15.

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